More Galaxy S IV Rumors: 13 Megapixel Camera, Quad-Core A15 Processor

The Galaxy S IV rumor mill has really began churning in earnest in the last couple weeks, as more and more rumors of dubious provenance show up in every nook and cranny of the internet. We heard last week that Samsung is working on a super fancy new display – a 5-inch, 1080p AMOLED panel with an impressive 441 ppi – and that it might be destined for inclusion in the Galaxy S III’s successor.

Today, more rumors have emerged regarding the follow-up to Samsung most successful Android flagship. GSM Arena is reporting that a 13 megapixel camera will grace the Galaxy S IV, and possibly an Exynos 5450 processor too. The Exynos in question would be a quad-core, 2GHz A15 processor, and would surely blow everything on the current mobile market out of the water.

Apparently, the 13 megapixel camera was supposed to be included on the Galaxy Note II originally, but supply issues prevented that, and the Note II got the same 8 megapixel sensor as the Galaxy S III has. The plan at this point is to sort those supply-side issues out in time for the release of the S IV, so that it can have that aforementioned 13 megapixel unit.

At this point, many of the Galaxy S IV rumors going around are a mix of vague supply chain hints and pure conjecture, so take them with a grain of salt. If these specs do end up being accurate, though, the S IV is going to be a beast of a phone. One does have to wonder how Samsung will manage to make the battery life acceptable on a phone with that beefy of a processor, and that big of a screen. They’ve been pretty good in the past about releasing phones with adequate battery life, so we’ll assume they’ve got a trick up their sleeve.

We’re expecting the Galaxy S IV to make its first official appearance sometime in the first half of next year.

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  • Farids

    If Samsung uses 4 A15 cores at 2 Ghz, it will break any benchmark by a huge margin and will hold that record for a long time. A15 is not only faster, but much wider than anything below it. In the 8 bit smartphone industry, A15 is the first with 32 Bit architecture. That’s 4 times wider, think of it as a 32 lane highway with data instead of cars vs. an 8 lane highway. Even if the speed is the same, the size of processed data at any given time is 4 times more than anything else, with the exception of Atom processors. But Atom is really an x86 processor and mobile software has a long way to go to be customized to take advantage of Atom’s properties. Till then, or till a new game changing processor comes out, the quad core A15 will be the undisputed champ.

  • Alu Zeros

    Great hardware but Need to focus on coming up with faster updating android versions and implementing Google wallet in.

  • Johannes Mertens

    This is a pretty good explanation! Its also interesting that Apples own A6 and A6X SoC’s only use 16 Bit Architecture. So even if the A6 is a great SoC it may be hard for it to stand against upcoming Ones using A15.

  • Farids

    Yes. It’s time for Android phone makers to realize they have got their stable market share and don’t have to play catch up to iPhone by releasing zillions of models every week. It’s time to stop the fragmentation and work on software comparability and phone upgradability. I hate to admit, but most of the stable upgrades are still coming from young hackers like the cyanogen boys, not the manufacturers of the phones people use.

  • Farids

    A6 and A6x are heavily customized chips loosely based on A15 architecture. Customized so much that the differences are more than the common things. But Apple, correctly I might add, made A6 and 6x a downgraded processor. Are they really 16 bit? No one can really tell except the team members that designed it and the company that made the wafers, or by running software and guessing how many lanes it uses (I doubt even Apple knows this for sure :-). The software has miles to go to truly use all the 32 lanes. Having more lanes, even unused ones, requires more power, where battery longevity is more important than performance. Even our 30 year old advanced desktop architecture moved from 32 bit to 64 only in the past 6 years. So, Apple follows the policy of “if it is really not used, don’t make it”, or don’t turn it on. Mobile OS is really not designed for doing full blown things desktop OS does. It’s currently used as an addition to a computer. As the industry moves slowly, to totally replace the desktop by smart phones and tablets, more powerful chips will come to market. But for now, if you are not benchmarking, anything as much or more than a dual core 1 Ghz CPU and 512 Mb RAM will look very fast and more than enough for the things one does.

  • samsung sucks

    tsss. feeling competitor